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About Bangladesh. Currency used in Bangladesh: Bangladeshi Taka (TK), (1 TK = 100 Poisha) Languages used in Bangladesh: Bengali is the main official language. Other languages also like English and Urdu. Visa requirements to visit Bangladesh: Click here to get complete and latest updated Bangladesh visa information : Safety tips for travelling in Bangladesh
Tourists to Bangladesh should be conscious of their surroundings constantly. A lot of crime ranging from theft to assault is common in the country. Thus, one should keep valuables protected and travel in groups. Important documents such as passports should be secured properly by chains or locks as there have been incidents of passports thefts at the Dhaka as well as the Sylhet airport. Travellers should avoid political demonstrations as they have the possibility of turning violent. For this reason, they should avoid going to the hill regions of Chittagong and also around Universities in the country. Refrain from roaming around after the prayers get done on Friday afternoons. Also, avoid choosing days of National importance for travel purpose.   Emergency contact numbers in Bangladesh: • Police contact number in Bangladesh: 999 • Ambulance number in Bangladesh: 199 • Fire brigade number in Bangladesh: 9 555 555 NOTE: Please refer to trusted sources of news in Bangladesh and consult travel agents for latest and updated information before visiting Bangladesh. : Health tips to consider while visiting Bangladesh
What are the mandatory vaccinations required to enter Bangladesh? Poliovirus vaccines MMR- measles/mumps/rubella DPT- diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus NOTE: Tourists need to consult a travel agent for latest and updated information on required vaccination prior to their departure to visit Bangladesh. Other optional but recommended Vaccination for Travellers visiting Bangladesh: Typhoid Rabies- especially for those who is visiting rural areas Hepatitis-A Hepatitis-B Japanese encephalitis- especially for those who is visiting rural areas Yellow fever Other health risks: Malaria is very common in Bangladesh except Dhaka. What type of Health Insurance is valid for Tourists or Visitors in Bangladesh? Consult your medical service provider for the facilities related to the medical terms that will they cover emergency expenses. In terms of development in medical facilities, Bangladesh is very poor. There are no routine tests and x-rays which are reliable. There is lack of modern centralized emergency services and lot of traffic which makes patient inefficient and uncomfortable. Must carry cash or cards which are available there for emergency. In hospitals or doctors may ask for immediate cash. NOTE: Tourists or Visitors need to consult medical travel insurance providers and/or travel agents to know details about insurance policy limitations in Bangladesh and whether it covers all expenses or not in case of medical emergency during your stay in Bangladesh. Health tips while travelling to Bangladesh: Carry full medical prescription and the basic medicines which can be used in general like: stomach ache, joint pains etc. But must cross check the drugs which you carrying with you may be banned in that country. Prevent insect bites. Sanitize your hands always. Drink bottled water only. NOTE: While you are recommended to carry prescription from home country some medicines may not be legal or available in Bangladesh. Travellers are recommended to consult a travel agent and medical advisers for alternative medicines in Bangladesh. : Customs followed in Bangladesh
What is the etiquette for meeting in Bangladesh? People here are conservative, and thus, they only greet people who belong to the same sex as theirs. Handshake is used during the first meeting usually but the handshake might feel limp. Women don’t meet strangers commonly. Even if you meet one, it would be for business purpose. Even in this condition, shake hands only when the woman comes forward and does so. Bangladesh is a predominantly Muslim country, and thus, they greet each other with the traditional Muslim greeting- ‘AsalamuAlaikum’. The appropriate reply to this phrase would be ‘Alaikum Salam’. People are named according to the power positioning of the Bangladeshi society.  The title which will is given to someone’s name denotes respect for the person. In some cases, it also signifies the closeness among individuals. Age is also a factor according to which the person is addressed. There is no suffix required in case both the persons are of the same age. First names are used in that case. If you are communicating with a person who is more aged than you, then use their first name to address them along with suffixing a suitable title. What is the proper etiquette for gift giving in Bangladesh? People give presents to friends and family during the auspicious and holy periods of Ramadan and Hajj. In urban centres, gifts are also offered on birthdays. It would be advisable to bring along a thoughtful gift rather than an expensive one. This is because generally, if you are gifting something, it becomes socially mandatory for the recipient to give you a present too. Be careful of not gifting items to Muslims in the country which contain alcohol, non-halal meat as well as money in it. Bringing along sweets such as quality chocolates or pastries will be appreciated a lot. Also, if you have thought of offering flowers, try to avoid white flowers including Frangipani as they are associated with funerals. Do not open the presents in the presence of the giver. Hold the gift in both hands while giving them to the recipient. What is the proper etiquette for eating in Bangladesh? If you get an invitation for a meal and it does not fit into your schedule, refrain from bluntly saying ‘no’. Instead, use euphemism and say that you will have to check and see. Whether you are going out to a restaurant or eating at home, people of the same gender only will dine together. It is alright to eat with your hands like the locals. The food could be eaten from the same plate as others. However, if you aren’t comfortable with that, asking for utensils is also alright. Wash your hands clean before you sit for dining. Food will be served to the guests first, after which the elders will get it. Wait for the senior-most person to start eating before you do so. Bangladeshis are very good hosts and will keep offering food to you. While you can say that you are full, try to keep space for all the delicious dishes they have to offer. Eat and handle utensils only with your right hand. The left hand is supposed by them to be dirty. Hence, it is not used for eating purpose.   Things you should know before going to Bangladesh? Possess knowledge about the diverse cultural heritage of the country. Similarities among people in the fields of area, religion or even social class will affect workplace relations. A lot of priority is given to one’s family in Bangladesh. There may be instances where the company hires someone just because he or she belongs to the family of some employee. The people here find it comfortable to complete a particular work with a small team or group of people. : Business etiquette to follow in Bangladesh
How to dress for a business meeting in Bangladesh? How to greet or address a professional in Bangladesh? Handshakes are common among men upon arriving to the place and also during leaving. Persons of the opposite gender avoid teaching each other at the workplace. Thus, don’t go forward to shake a woman’s hands unless she does so herself. In case she doesn’t, smiling at her and nodding will do. If you are meeting a businessman, give him the title ‘Bahadur’, which means ‘Sir’. In case it is a businesswoman, you can address her by saying ‘Begum’. Refrain from using the first name of a person to call him or her unless he or she indicates you to. Try to learn the various forms of greeting used by the local. Doing this will prove helpful in your business as it will demonstrate your willingness to work locally. What is the etiquette for a business meeting in Bangladesh? Meetings in this country are scarcely used for deciding something. Instead, decisions are made beforehand, and the meeting is used to let the others know about it. The individual who is the senior-most in the organisation will dominate and decide about the agenda and other important aspects such as the content of the meeting and also how things will be progressing. The schedule of the meeting isn’t very rigid. The agenda along with the time of the meeting will be made known to you beforehand but will not be strictly followed. The Bangladeshis work quite hard and continue to discuss agendas until a solution is decided upon. An end time will be stated, but it depends merely on the completion of the task. The start of the first meeting may be introductory in nature. One should talk in a formal manner at such places. Seniors of the company, especially government officials should be shown deference and given respect. Though you should be relaxed during meetings, a certain formal behaviour is expected according to protocol. Avoid displaying strong emotions in public such as anger because it will lead to embarrassment. Bangladeshis try to avoid being embarrassed themselves. They never say ‘no’ bluntly even if they mean it. They may beat around the bush with phrases such as ‘We will try’ or ‘We will have to give it some thought.’ Use of such sentences may imply ‘no’. The nationals of Bangladesh also do not smile very often. This, far from being unfriendly, indicates maturity according to them. What is the proper way to communicate in Bangladesh? People of the country are not very direct communicators. They fabricate long sentences which say something and mean something completely different. They will only make sense when related to their body language. Initially, it may seem that the people are arrogant and don’t part with enough information about something you asked. However, this is not the case. They are just habituated to talk in a certain way. The idea of personal space is not very prominent. Men while talking, will often stand close and come in contact with their male counterparts. On the other hand, you must maintain a certain distance while speaking to women.   : Customs followed in Bangladesh